In this (late) morning's hockey news, we have reaction to last night's big 5-0 win over the Islanders, celebration of Nick Spaling's 1st career NHL goal, and the word on where NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ranks among the titans of the sports industy.
Radio Note: Tonight WNSR has two hours of hockey shows taking place at the Flying Saucer, starting at 6:00 with SlapShot Radio (tonight featuring a bloggers roundtable which include Ryan of Red Light District, Amanda from Predlines, and Jeremy from Section 303). Following that, WNSR has the Predators Player Show hosted by Greg Pogue, with your opportunity to attend the show live and get autographs from tonight's guests, Anders "The Giant" Lindback and Mark (@dexshow) Dekanich.
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The Preds have home games tomorrow against San Jose, and Saturday night vs. the Los Angeles Kings, so make sure to use our coupon code for discount Nashville Predators tickets. Remember, hockey tickets can make a great holiday gift, so you can also look through the schedule, and get seats for any other home game!
For recaps from last night check out Hockey Night in Nashville, Section 303, The View From 111, Preds On The Glass, Predlines, The Examiner, The Nashville City Paper, The Tennessean, and from the other side of the matchup, Lighthouse Hockey.
Preds On The Glass: Predators Move into Fourth Place and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy's digging the view as the Preds climb into the upper echelon of the Western Conference.
Spaling Scores - Flickr
Preds fan Paul Nicholson got a great look at Nick Spaling's first career NHL goal, and shares the photo online.
Diamond Cuts: East vs. West - Nashville Predators.com
Jim Diamond pens a piece on the differences in travel for Eastern vs. Western Conference teams. For some of the gory details on how travel mileage breaks down by team, check out NHL Super Schedule which I publish each summer.
When Nick Spaling took to the ice for a 5-on-3 power play, you knew the guys were trying to get him on the board.
OHL: Brooks out behind Storm bench - Buzzing The Net
Jason Brooks, coach of the Guelph Storm (where Preds prospects Taylor Beck and Michael Latta play) walks the plank as the team remains mired at .500.
Around the NHL
NHL Scores With Slick Rollouts Of Internet, Mobile Applications - Investors.com
Investor's Business Daily takes a look at what the NHL is doing online, and gives it a thumbs-up.
The 50 most influential list, 11-20 - Sports Business Journal
Coming in at #11, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Washington Capitals owner (and SB Nation investor) Ted Leonsis makes his initial appearance on this Top 50, at #37.
School of Block: Killer Penalty Killers
An interesting look at how various goaltenders perform on the PK, including Anders Lindback.
Star readers save Russian hockey player's dream - thestar.com
A nice followup to the recent story about Russian kids coming over to play junior hockey in Ontario.
Datsyuk the Great, plus 30 thoughts - Elliotte Friedman
Elliotte drops the good stuff on you once again.
Video: Witness joy of Colorado's Duchene/Stastny 'Bang Bang' dance - Puck Daddy
Yikes, this looks... um... weird.
Down Goes Brown: Great moments in shootout history
You've gotta like this: "October 21, 2008 - In an effort to improve their chances of taking home two points, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson pulls Vesa Toskala before the shootout begins and replaces him with an old shoelace dangling from the crossbar."
More cap mismanagement: With Laperriere on LTIR, the Flyers are broke - Broad Street Hockey
Oh, the woes of a cap-max team.
Criticizing & Speculating Over the Current Inaction of Lou Lamoriello - In Lou We Trust
There are no good answers to the mess in New Jersey, where the Devils will host the Predators on Friday.